Hey Duggee the Stick Badge and other stories on DVD

Posted on April 23rd, 2018 - Fiona

Meet Duggee, the lovable Dog that runs an after school club for a motley crew known as The Squirrels. As seen on Cbeebies Hey Duggee has the perfect blend of learning, adventure and pure fun for little ones. This is something dear to our hearts at Coombe Mill and when we had the chance to check out Hey Duggee: The Stick Badge and Other stories with extra sing a long stick song we jumped at the opportunity. Read on to discover more and for your chance to win one of two copies of the latest series 8 DVD.   

WIN Hey Duggee the stick man and other stories on DVD

Hey Duggee and Coombe Mill

We love the idea of the fun after school club. It is the perfect base for the squirrels to discover new things about the world around them and to learn to solve problems by actually moving, jumping, running and more. This is just like the Coombe Mill activity hour on the farm, a chance for the children on holiday here to discover, explore create and make in nature with us.  


Active Kids at Coombe Mill

Episode 8: The Stick Badge and Other Exciting Stories

In this episode the Squirrels are just preparing for their campfire when they discover a talking stick! Who could fail to be taken in by the wonder of this? See them get active and competitive in the annual obstacle race then learn about the solar system and get spooked by a ghostly sound whilst playing dressing up.

Back of pack of Hey Duggee Stick Badge

Need to know

Title Hey Duggee: The Stick Badge & Other Stories
Series 8As seen on Cbeebies
Produced by BBC worldwide
StockistAmazon, HMV, Zavvi
Film Rating

U: Universal

G: General viewing


If you are fans Of Duggee and his Squirrels why not try some of the activities on his webpage.

Win Hey Duggee: The Stick Badge and Other stories with Coombe Mill

For your chance to win this fun loving DVD just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

Hey Duggee


We were sent our copy of Duggee the Stick Badge and other stories free of charge to create this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.  


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Sticker World Zoo, Museum and Theme Park

Posted on April 16th, 2018 - Fiona

What child hasn’t dreamed of owning a theme park or zoo or perhaps uncovering treasure for their very own museum? Now with 3 great books from Lonely Planet kids you can do just this. Each themed book is packed with over 500 stickers to help you create your very own adventure and all at an amazing £5.99 a book.  If you have a creative child who would like to create their own sticker world with all three of these great themes then read on to find out how.

Win sticker world zoo museum and theme park

About Sticker world books

Each book invites you to create your own map for your Theme park or zoo and design the front of your Museum. Inside the challenges carry on with drawing colouring and naming different sections. These books encourages personalisation and creativity giving just enough guidance to know what you are doing yet plenty of scope for creative minds to be unleashed with colourful stickers to help on those hard to draw items.  Doodle a twisty roller coaster ride, fill a dinosaur exhibition with roar-some skeletons and fill a buzzing aquarium with colourful fish. These are just a few of the great activities.


Pages from Sticker world Zoo, Museum and Theme Park


See how we designed a map to help you find your way around our Theme park in this short video clip. You’ll see just how easy it is to make the map bespoke to you.


Need to Know

Some useful information about the sticker world books:

Books in the range  3: Theme Park, Zoo, Museum
RSP £5.99 each book
ForamtGlossy, Soft back
AuthorBECKY Wilson
IllustratorAviel Basil
PublisherLonely Planet Kids
Book SizeApproximately A4 with 500 stickers and 40 pages.
Available fromLonely Planet Website, W H Smith, Amazon


Win your set of 3 Sticker World books with Lonely Planet Kids and Coombe Mill

For your chance to win this lovely creative book set simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

3 Sticker World Books


We were sent a copy of Sticker world Zoo, Museum and Theme Park for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions on the books are my own.  


Our Wild World explored through Illustrative Poetry

Posted on April 9th, 2018 - Fiona

If you live near any natural countryside you’ll know there is a raw beauty to it that demands respect. For us Coombe Mill is set in an ancient wooded valley, itself an amazing habitat and micro climate, yet a couple of miles out of the valley and you find yourself on Bodmin Moor, another, quite different yet equally breathtaking part of our wild world. Woodland and moorland are two of the thirteen wildernesses of our world covered by the stunning new Book from Quarto called Wild World. No wonder Coombe Mill is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Conserving these important wilderness areas is a gentle topic covered in the book as each one is explored in informative poetry embedded in beautiful illustrations.  To find out about the other 11 wild world areas and be in with a chance of winning this lovely poetry book read on.


Wild World poetry book for kids


What we love about Wild World

The gorgeous lyrical poetry is easy reading and a delight to absorb while the illustrations which surround each poem transport the reader into the habituate with the wildlife and nature found there. There is a handy reference page at the end which is more fact led to support the softer message through poetry. A further page suggests how we can all make a difference to protect these wild world areas in our everyday life.  




We were very taken with how the book covers the relatable woodland, moorland and rock pools found here in England as well as well known wilderness areas from around the world such as The Arctic and Savannas.

Need to Know

RRP £11.99
Age Range 5 – 8 years
Format   Hardback
Author  Angela McAllister
Illustrator  Hvass and Hannibal
Publisher   Quarto Kids


Win your copy of Wild World with Quarto and Coombe Mill

For your chance to win this lovely illustrated poetry book simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

Wild World


We were sent our copy of Wild World for the purpose of this review however all thoughts and opinions on the book are my own.


Beach Hut Planter with Mint Seeds

Posted on April 2nd, 2018 - Fiona

For everyone who likes a stylish kitchen, dabbles in a little kitchen gardening and who enjoys fresh herbs in their cooking this is the perfect gift. You don’t need to live by the sea to appreciate this cute beach hut planter gift set. It has a lovely retro look about it that makes you dream of summer holidays. We think it is the perfect way to brighten up any kitchen windowsill as you nurture your seeds into fresh smelling mint. If this sounds right for you, read on to discover more and find out how you can win one.  


Beach hut planter with mint seeds

The clever box set contains everything you need to start your own mint growing in this cute container. It is really simple to put together yet so satisfying to watch it grow.


Beach hut planter contents


We think it would make a wonderful house warming present or thoughtful birthday present, in fact any occasion where you want something a little different.


Check out our quick video to see just how easy it is to put together and get started.


Use leaves from your freshly grown mint to add flavour to salads and casseroles or drop into a jug of Pimms for summer in the garden.  When you fancy a change you can always try your hand with another herb from seeds, or even transplant a supermarket growing herb into the attractive beach hut container and keep your window ledge smelling fresh and looking stylish.


Need to know

Retail Price:





Soil pellets, mint seed, beach hut with removable top. Pot and detachable drainage tray, rope surround, instructions for planting.


Note: Seeds must be planted within their sell by date. The planter needs to sit in a light and airy position.


Win your Beach Hut Planter with Prezzybox and Coombe Mill

If you would like one of these cute planters to brighten up your kitchen, or know someone for whom it would make a perfect gift, why not enter to win. Simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

Beach Hut Planter


We were sent our beach hut planter with mint seeds to create this review. All words, photos and video are my own.


Baby Annabell Brother with sounds and movement

Posted on March 26th, 2018 - Fiona

We have had great fun with Baby Annabel. She lives in Polzeath holiday lodge play room and makes best friends with the guests staying there each week. We are super excited to announce that she now has a sibling; Baby Annabell brother has come to keep her company. Our little holiday guest couldn’t have been more excited when she came out to play with Annabell and I presented her with her brother fresh out of the box. If you want to discover more about Baby Annabell Brother and be in with a chance of winning one to light up the face of a little one in your life then read on.


Baby Annabel Brother with Sounds and Movement


Baby Annabell Brother Features

Just like his sister, Baby Annabel Brother has plenty of realistic functions. He really wets his nappy, babbles, gurgles, sucks on his bottle or dummy with real sounds and mouth movement, cries real tears, burps, yawns, falls asleep and responds to touch and movement (needs fitting with 4 x AA batteries to make the sounds work).  He looks super cute and just ready for a cuddle all the time.


Feeding Baby Annabell Brother


Promotes imaginative play


The life like functions are perfect for helping life imaginative role play and encouraging the development of social skills from a young age. Our little girl quickly learned to share her new babies with her little brother, who was put in charge of Baby Annabell briefly while she tended to the needs of the brother.  They had a lovely time playing on the Coombe Mill play boat with their babies and tending to all their needs. I watched on as the babies were rocked to sleep, loved and cared for, with a little adventure thrown in, just like a real baby.

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When it was time for the evening train ride of course Baby Annabell and Baby Annabell Brother joined in the fun!

Need to Know

Made by  Zapf Creation
RSP  £54.99
Suitable forAge 3+ (there is another Baby brother with less features and moving parts for age 1+)
Available from all good toy shops, Amazon,  
For more activities, product information and to listen to the baby sounds visit  The Baby Annabell Website 
Contentsdoll, bottle, dummy, bib, nappy and pendant
Excludesbatteries (4*AA batteries needed)


Win your Baby Annabell Brother with Zapf Creations and Coombe Mill


For your chance to win this delightful baby Annabell Brother and make your child’s roll play complete simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.


Baby Annabell Brother



We were sent our Baby Annabell Brother for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, opinions and photos shown here are my own.

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